Apprehension as police detain journalist for hours

There was apprehension among journalists in Abuja, on Monday, following the detention of the Religious Affairs and civil society correspondent of Vanguard Newspapers, Luminous Jannamike, on the orders of the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Federal Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Johnson Babatunde Kokumo.

The PUNCH was informed that he appeared before the police with Vanguard Assistant Editor (Defence/Crime Desk), Kingsley Omonobi.

Several calls, SMS and WhatsApp messages sent to the Spokesperson for the FCT Police Command, Josephine Adeh, were not replied to.

 But a copy of the police invitation letter was sighted by The PUNCH in Abuja on Monday evening. 

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 He was said to have been detained for five hours at the FCIID facility in Abuja and later granted bail.

 Jannamike in a Facebook post wrote, “I have been released by the Federal Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department. I was released on bail at exactly 3;59pm today (Monday) and I am to return anytime my presence is required.

 “A petition was written against some journalists who reported the call by a civil society group asking the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam, to resign in order to pave way for unbiased investigation into sundry allegations against him.

 “Neither my name nor Vanguard Newspaper was mentioned in the petition, but I was roped into the case for reasons best known only to the police.”

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